WASHINGTON - Health care reform has been a lifetime goal for Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, the son of a country doctor.

This year's drive to fix the system was a chance for him to finally win changes on his longtime wish list, like reducing prescription drug costs and establishing a public health care option as an alternative to profit-driven private insurance companies.

Brown didn't get everything he wanted from the bill the Senate adopted on Christmas Eve. The public option language he spent months crafting was removed from its final version, and he didn't get the kind of drug savings he sought.

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